Young Justice Comes to DVD in Limited Form

Young Justice Season 1 Volume 1 cover

From my perspective, the poor Young Justice cartoon can’t do anything right. I wasn’t impressed at the “all boys together” approach, and I gave up after being put off by the way the creator responded.

Now that it’s coming out on DVD, I thought I might give it another try, but the one-disc release is so limited that I’m not sure it’s worth it. Season 1 Volume 1 is due out July 19, containing four episodes (two of which make up the pilot, “Independence Day”) at a list price of $14.97 US. The other two episodes are “Welcome to Happy Harbor”, in which Speedy refuses to join the team but Miss Martian signs up, and “Drop Zone”, about the team’s first official assignment from Batman, during which they pick a leader. I’m not sure why Artemis is seen on the cover — is she in any of the cartoons included?

Young Justice Season 1 Volume 1 cover

I’d much rather have a more substantial set, to get more exposure to the show, but the trend these days for cartoons seems to be “make it cheaper”. At this suggested price, you’ll probably be able to find the DVD, with the right deal, about $10, or $2.50 an episode. (That’s not great, since you can buy them online from Amazon at $1.99 each.)

I can rarely make sense of how animated show seasons work. Nine episodes (again counting the pilot as the first two) have aired so far, ending in March. A tenth is planned to show on June 3. Will Season 1 end up as three one-disc volumes?

It’s not surprising to me that the release is prominently noted as “a hit as the favorite show among boys 9-14 … with non-stop action”. It doesn’t seem to have the depth or diversity to appeal more widely.

The boys of Young Justice

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